2017 Rutherford Dust Society ~ Save the Date, and Their Leaders

Save the Date

Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 ~ “Rutherford Wine Experience” Consumer Event ~ Tickets will be on sale soon!

The Wine Experience is RDS’s major consumer-focused event for Rutherford. This year’s Experience will include a Friday night VIP reception, multiple educational sessions on Saturday morning, and a new addition to the event called the Rutherford Round-Up, which will take place on Saturday afternoon. The Round-Up is a multi-winery tasting opportunity for customers that will be held at a central location, rather than at individual wineries.

Come experience the real Rutherford. Meet Rutherford winemakers and winery owners at the VIP welcome reception, choose 2 experiential education seminars for Saturday morning, and kick up the Rutherford Dust with us on Saturday at the Round-Up! Starting at 1pm on Saturday, we’ll have a live band, barrel demonstration, local artists, and our favorite food trucks with food available for purchase. You won’t find this many wine and food experiences in one place anywhere else!

Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June ~ Auction Napa Valley

“Rutherford Dust Society is preparing yet another exciting package live auction lot for Auction Napa Valley (ANV) in June. Over the past two years, the Rutherford Dust Society’s ANV live lots raised a combined $190,000 for Napa Valley charities. We would like to extend our gratitude to Auction Napa Valley 2017 Chair, Inglenook and The Coppola family, and each of our wonderful members who generously donated their Rutherford magnums and experiences to make this year’s auction lot so special. And a special thank you to our Auction Napa Valley 2017 Lot Co-Chairs, board member Michelle Baggett and RDS Member Emma Swain and also to their RDS Committee for pulling these amazing lots together. We hope that you will check out our lot display and bid if you are attending in June”

Wednesday, July 12th ~ Rutherford Dust Society (RDS) “Day in the Dust” Trade & Media Event

“Day in the Dust is RDS’ premier tasting for distinguished members of the wine trade and media. This year’s event will be held at the historic Inglenook on Wednesday, July 12th.”

Sunday, August 6th ~ “Rutherford Chili Ball” Community and Consumer Event

Meet The 2017 RDS Board 

The Rutherford Dust Society is a dedicated and diverse mix of Rutherford vintners, growers, and winemakers. The 2017 Board of Directors was seated at the annual meeting and dinner in early February. The diverse and dedicated group of Rutherford vintners, growers, and winemakers are supporting the mission of RDS, many of whom have served on the board for multiple years.

The Society’s mission is to encourage and promote the highest quality standards in grape growing and winemaking in the Rutherford Viticultural Area, and to help wine lovers and the wine trade discover Rutherford’s expression of its unique terroir.

It is with much gratitude and appreciation that RDS honorS Michelle Baggett, Proprietor of Alpha Omega, who served for two years as their Board President. Michelle has passed the torch to Davie Piña, and will remain on the board to focus on a project that she was instrumental in launching: RDS’ participation in Auction Napa Valley live auction.

The 2017 Rutherford Dust Society Board is comprised of the following individuals:

Board Officers

President Davie Piña, Piña Vineyard Management
Vice-President Steve Tonella, S.R. Tonella Cellars
Secretary Regina Weinstein, Honig Vineyard & Winery
Treasurer Joel Aiken, Aiken Wines

Board Members

Michelle Baggett, Alpha Omega Winery
Andy Beckstoffer, Beckstoffer Vineyards
Kathy Chaix, Chaix Wines
David DesForges, Beaulieu Vineyard
Trevor Durling, Provenance/Hewitt
Maria Haug, Talahalusi Vineyards
Gemma Kochis, Inglenook
Julie Johnson, Tres Sabores Winery

2 Responses to “2017 Rutherford Dust Society ~ Save the Date, and Their Leaders”

  1. Beverley Walker says:


    I clicked on the link in an email that says “How to get your License Bond when opening a Winery”….but it takes me to this page about Rutherford?

    Needing some advice on how to get our bond processed.

    Thanks much
    Beverley Walker
    Cove Crest Vineyard and Winery

  2. Jo Diaz says:

    Hi, Beverley,

    Sorry about that. (I’ve also been on family vacation, so I’m just getting back to you.) I’ll also send an email to you about this since you need help.

    I just checked all of my links, and they work. The only thing I can think of is that the error must have come from an aggregate of my wine blog, and that site had the wrong link. Had you only been on my site, all of the links are working. Just click on anyone of them, and you’ll be able to navigate for answers.

    Here’s the main one: https://www.suretybonds.org/ I’m not advertising for them. I was just given their info and it was convenient to use.

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